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Doing Well by Doing Good

The Clintons got it half right:

EXCLUSIVE: A former charity executive who helped expose a questionable $500,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation is now being threatened by her old bosses with a lawsuit seeking tens of thousands of dollars, has learned.

Sue Veres Royal, former executive director at the Happy Hearts Fund, was initially quoted in a May 29 New York Times article that said the charity lured Bill Clinton to a 2014 gala only after offering a $500,000 donation to The Clinton Foundation. His office previously had turned down the charity’s invitations, but this time he accepted; the accompanying donation amounted to almost a quarter of the gala’s net proceeds.

Veres Royal, who spoke to about the fallout from that report, is now embroiled in a legal battle with the charity. She filed a formal complaint June 4 with the New York attorney general’s Charities Bureau, as the charity itself threatened her with legal action for allegedly breaking her confidentiality agreement.

Veres Royal said she was appalled not only by the 2014 Clinton donation but by details she had not known before the Times report was published — most notably that the $500,000, which was supposed to go to causes in the ravaged country of Haiti, still had not been earmarked for any particular project by The Clinton Foundation.

“It’s disgusting to me that this organization is being used in this way,” Veres Royal said. “I have been to Haiti three times. I’ve seen how desperate the need is, and it’s disgusting to me that people are trying to do good while they’re sitting on half-a-million dollars. I think that’s a disservice to those people who have donated the money, and to the people of Haiti.”

Ah yes, “the people of Haiti”. The phrase conjures images of a somewhat primitive folk, wearing bright colors, harboring dark superstitions. Why do bad things always happen to them? The Clintons steal from their collection plate; the Dominican Republic evicts their refugees; even the UN sh*ts in their drinking water (and is immune from prosecution for introducing the charms of cholera to an already bedraggled people).

You’ve got Bono, Jay-Z, and Rihanna singing your praises, and you’re still such a mess? I write this love, mes amis Hatiens, but maybe you need to look in a mirror (if any are left after the earthquake). They say no one can take advantage of you without your permission.



It doesn’t get much lower than conspiring to help Putin’s Russia corner the uranium market.

But this Clinton shenanigan manages to:

“Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer reported on the US taxpayer money and contracts in Haiti profited Clinton Foundation donors and Clinton relatives on Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel special “The Tangled Clinton Web.”

The report then turned to Haiti’s Prime Minister at the time of the earthquake, Jean-Max Bellerive, who said that Bill Clinton had the ability to attract media attention and “I believe in his role of President of the [Interim Haiti Recovery] Commission he did well…[but] perhaps we were asking too much of President Clinton, and he has his own agenda obviously…so perhaps we were leaning too much on what he could bring.”

Fox News Senior National Correspondent John Roberts then reported on Digicel, which, according to Schweizer, was the “chief beneficiary” of an initiative to have a service that allowed money to be transferred via cell phone in Haiti pushed by the Clintons. Schweizer said, “shortly after the Clintons began reconstruction in Haiti, and began handing out contracts, sometime during that period of 2010 or 2011 he [Digicel’s owner Denis O’Brien] made a multi-million dollar contribution to the Clinton Foundation.” And that O’Brien also arranged for three “lucrative” speeches by Bill Clinton.

Schweizer then reported, “two of the speeches that Bill Clinton gives, actually, are sandwiched around Digicel being given a grant, by the taxpayers for $100,000 as part of the HMMI Award. At the same time, you have taxpayer money, $2 million being committed to the Digicel Foundation in Jamaica.”

The report concluded with Caracol Industrial Park, that received “more than $100 million” in US taxpayer money. According to Schweizer, “the three biggest beneficiaries [from the cheap labor the park provides] are actually three retailing companies closely tied to the Clintons. Gap, Target, and Wal-Mart.

Roberts also reported that building the park required kicking people in the area of their land and bulldozing their crops. One of the people interviewed by Roberts said the farmers were ordered to leave at gunpoint. He also spoke to a worker at the textile factory that is the park’s biggest tenant, who said he is paid about $5 a day.

The report concluded that there are only about 5,000 jobs at Caracol, not the 65,000 promised by the US State Department.

But this is my favorite:

He continued, discussing the mining contract in Haiti given to VCS Mining. “Tony Rodham [Hillary’s brother] meets the executives from VCS Mining in September of 2012 at a Clinton Global Initiative seminar. Three months later, the Haitian government grants the gold exploitation permit to VCS Mining. And literally within the year, Tony Rodham is placed on the board of VCS Mining,” despite Rodham’s lack of a background in either Haiti or mining.

It takes a lot of ingenuity—and a whole lotta nerve—to wring lucre from the hemisphere’s poorest nation. One reeling from an earthquake and a brand new cholera epidemic, no less.

Worse than getting into bed with Vlad the Invader? Decide for yourself: one is treason; the other just graft. But oh what graft.


Born in Nepal, Grown in Haiti, Now in Mexico

Courtesy of the UN:

A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent’s mainland.

Mexico is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It’s a disease that’s very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor water and sanitation.

Mexican health officials first picked up on the problem Sept. 9, through routine surveillance of hospital cases of severe diarrhea. Since then there’ve been 171 reported cases in Mexico City and states to the north and east. One victim has died.

Dr. Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, says it was all but inevitable that cholera would spread beyond the Caribbean. “It was always a major concern that it would be exported to other countries, as has recently happened in Mexico,” he tells Shots.

Since it was introduced into Haiti — very likely by United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal who were billeted at a camp with poor sanitary facilities — cholera has sickened 715,000 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (which share the island of Hispaniola) and Cuba. Nearly 9,000 have died.

Andrus says vacationers visiting Cuba — who probably got cholera from contaminated food — have exported the disease to Chile, Venezuela, Italy, Germany and Holland. So far those cases haven’t touched off outbreaks. But as the Mexican epidemic shows, it can easily happen if an imported case contaminates water or food in an area with poor sanitation.

“You have those situations throughout Latin America,” he notes. “We are the region of the greatest disparities.”

The last time the Americas saw a major cholera epidemic was 22 years ago. It was allegedly brought by a ship that discharged its bilgewater in a Peruvian port. The disease spread all the way up the continent, sickening more than a million people and killing 10,000 or so, until it hit the U.S.-Mexican border. There it was stopped by modern water- and sewage-treatment facilities in the United States.

“Cholera’s one of those infections that catches attention in a way that few infections do — plague, Ebola, pandemic influenza, cholera. It’s one of those ones that everybody sort of sits up straight for. It is one of the ones that tests the system.”

If cholera can jump from a UN-dug latrine pit in Haiti to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, Holland—and now Mexico—what makes you so sure it won’t show up here?

Especially when:

Casting aside a long history of inhospitality, California has now become a virtual sanctuary for the estimated 3.5 million illegal immigrants who live within the borders of the Golden State.

The primary—and inter-connected—concerns of these California pilgrims, more than two-thirds of whom hail from Mexico, are deportation and harsh working conditions.

Are you reassured by “modern water- and sewage-treatment facilities in the United States”? Me neither. While I accept their efficacy, I also know that chaos theory dictates—pun very much intended—that [bleep] happens. You tell me it won’t happen here.


Your United Nations

Ah, the UN. You can’t make this [bleep] up:

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Lithuania and Chile all won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, after there were no contested races for the first time in several years.

Philippe Bolopion, United Nations director for Human Rights Watch, denounced the election of Chad, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

“The prestige of a seat at the world’s foremost diplomatic table should prompt the new members to get their house in order,” he said, according to the AP.

“Chad should put an end to the recruitment of child soldiers, which earned it a spot on the U.N. list of shame. Saudi Arabia should end its crackdown on human rights activists and grant women their full rights,” Mr. Bolopion said, adding that Nigeria should also “end chronic abuse by security forces and better protect civilians in the north.”

Lithuania, however: good to go. Chile, no problem.

Oh, and speaking of the UN. This came across our screens the other day:

Can the United Nations be held legally accountable for its actions in a U.S. court? That question is the crux of a lawsuit filed this week that wants to hold the world organization accountable for the deaths of thousands of Haitians in the 2010 outbreak of cholera that still smolders today.

IJDH is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of eight Haitians—half of them fatal cholera victims—as the nucleus of a much larger class action against the UN, and also demanding that the world organization pay $2.2 billion to complete a still underfunded program of cholera eradication and recovery in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

[T]he lawsuit could yet prove to be a watershed moment for the world organization, amid a rising tide of human rights and other opinion—some within the UN itself—that it must do something to compensate victims of the cholera disaster, which most medical experts agree was caused by inadequate human sanitation facilities at a UN peacekeeping camp housing Nepalese soldiers who had been exposed to the water-born disease at home.

[T]he UN denied at the time that it had anything to do with the cholera outbreak, according to eyewitnesses made efforts to remove evidence and keep investigators away from its campsite, has continually questioned the scientific validity of any findings that pointed specifically at a UN cause for the disease, wrongly claimed that the soldiers had been tested for cholera before their arrival in Haiti, stonewalled petitioners seeking any form of redress, and, as the IJDH lawsuit points out, taken months and even years to reply to anyone addressing the compensation question.

Maybe they can ask Saudi Arabia to pay off Haiti, now that they’re on the inside.


Hating on the Haitians

The ICRC can’t be bothered by a little terror glorification (see post below).

And the United Nations is similarly unmoved by a cholera outbreak (that the UN itself caused):

UN efforts to tackle cholera in Haiti are “almost non-existent”, a charity says, as the world body faces court action for inadvertently starting a cholera epidemic in the country.

Late last year, the UN launched a $2.2bn-appeal (£1.5bn) to improve water supplies in Haiti.

But Medecins Sans Frontieres says this has had almost no practical effect.

The UN is accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti’s water with cholera.

The epidemic, which is spread by infected sewage, has killed more than 8,000 people since late 2010.

The UN plan to improve drinking water and sewage outlets – which MSF says is unfulfilled – was widely seen as the international body’s attempt to deflect calls by the victims of cholera for financial compensation.

Responding to the MSF charge, the UN told the BBC that “enormous efforts” had been made to support Haiti’s cholera eradication plans. These efforts had resulted in significantly fewer cases and reduced mortality rates.

But the UN wasn’t just “accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti’s water with cholera”. It did pollute Haiti’s water with cholera, without question. They even ran a DNA test on the bug (from which plague Haiti had been curiously free) and found it came from Nepal—which just happened to be the nationality of the UN “aid” workers above the open latrine where they freely relieved themselves.

And Haiti wants the dough.

The UN says it has legal immunity from the compensation case.

Lawyers for the cholera victims say that unless talks on compensation begin in the next few weeks, they will take the UN to court in New York.

Take a number.

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Sick to Your Stomach

The UN is a carrier of nausea, that’s for sure:

If a multinational corporation behaved the way the U.N. did in Haiti, it would be sued for stratospheric amounts of money. And that’s just for starters: Were Unilever or Coca-Cola responsible for a cholera outbreak that killed 8,000 people and infected 640,000 more, and for subsequently covering up its employees’ failure to adhere to basic sanitation standards, it is likely their executives would have difficulty visiting countries claiming universal legal jurisdiction. They would have to contend with Interpol red notices, along with the occasional cream pie attack. And the companies themselves would go into damage control mode, akin to BP’s post-oil-spill public relations blitz, or Wal-Mart’s pivot toward promoting American-made products. They’d acknowledge the need to convince skeptical consumers that their corporate behavior had changed.

The U.N. and its leadership won’t have to worry about any of this.

Course not. They’re the UN! Raping and pimping African girls; tolerating, even encouraging, eliminationist rhetoric by one member state (Iran) toward another (Israel); sitting notorious human rights abusers on human rights panels (ditto for misogynists); as well as the requisite bureaucratic corruption and waste.

But you know all this if you’re a regular reader. Just as you’ve known of the UN’s culpability in Haiti’s cholera outbreak since October 2010.

So where’s our award?

As award-winning journalist Jonathan Katz established in a bombshell chapter of his recent book, The Big Truck That Went By, a base for Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers next to the Artibonite River was the origin of the cholera epidemic that swept through Haiti in October of 2010. There had been no reported cases of cholera in Haiti for a century; now, the disease is endemic, and it is projected to kill as many as 1,000 people a year until it is eradicated, according to Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and a lawyer representing Haitian claimants against the U.N. Former president Bill Clinton, the U.N.’s special envoy for Haiti, has admitted that U.N. peacekeepers were responsible for the outbreak. But Katz, the AP’s Haiti correspondent in the years after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, was at the receiving end of a bungled U.N. cover-up of the epidemic’s cause. The World Body actively discouraged and even impeded journalists and public health investigators attempting to trace the causes of the pestilence. The U.N. never admitted responsibility, even as a U.N. commissioned-report left little room for doubt (the entire saga is recounted in Katz’s chapter, which should be read in full).

Fine. Don’t give us an award. We have enough clutter as it is. But can we just call the UN the criminal organization that it is?

Last week, the U.N. announced that Haitian claims for compensation weren’t receivable under article 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.

You’re right to be pi**ed, Haiti, but you’ll have to take a number. If you’re lucky, they’ll hear complaints alphabetically.

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Good News From the UN! [UPDATED]

Rapes by peacekeepers (piece-seekers more like) are down!

UNITED NATIONS, February 20 – The UN found three “substantiated” cases of sexual exploitation or abuse by its peacekeeping personnel in 2012, having reached conclusions on 16 of the 60 complaints for that year, the UN told Inner City Press late Tuesday.

But the UN did not, as Inner City Press requested, provide any answer about repatriation, much less to what countries and about prosecution and conviction, despite the claim of a “zero tolerance” policy by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous.

On the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse, DPKO and DFS report that in 2012, a total of 60 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported, down from 74 allegations reported in 2011. Of the 60 allegations reported in 2012, close to half involved the most egregious forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, namely sexual activities with minors or non-consensual sexual acts. Twenty-five (25) allegations involved civilian personnel, 19 involved military personnel, 9 involved police personnel, six were non-UN, and 1 was unknown. Of these, the status of investigations is as follows as of 1 February 2013: 30 are pending, 13 are unsubstantiated, and 3 are substantiated.

In line with its zero tolerance policy, UN Peacekeeping is determined to continue its efforts to strengthen accountability for prevention, enforcement and response including criminal accountability where warranted – and in accordance with national laws. Victim assistance must also remain a priority.

While appreciating the response, we note that the numbers do not add up.

It’s UN accounting. What are you going to do?

Anyway, at this rate, the UN will have eliminated rape, statutory and rape rape (™Whoopi Goldberg), among its personnel by 2016. Let’s focus on the positive!

Less optimistically:

When Sudan was elected at the end of January as Vice-President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Watch, together with film star Mia Farrow rightly objected.

ECOSOC is a top U.N. body, regulating human rights groups, shaping the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopting resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. Thus, genocidal Sudan seemed a highly inappropriate choice.

Ain’t that the UN all over—raping and mutilating women in the name of peace and human rights.

And if the rape don’t get you, the cholera will:

The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision.

The UN says it is immune from such claims under the UN’s Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN.

Evidence suggests cholera was introduced to Haiti through a UN base’s leaking sewage pipes.

The UN has never acknowledged responsibility for the outbreak – which has infected more than 600,000 people – saying it is impossible to pinpoint the exact source of the disease, despite the mounting evidence the epidemic was caused by poor sanitation at a camp housing infected Nepalese peacekeepers.

In a terse statement, Mr Ban’s spokesman said damages claims for millions of dollars filed by lawyers for cholera victims was “not receivable” under the 1947 convention that grants the UN immunity for its actions.

Isn’t that special? The UN can literally p*ss (or sh*t) on your head and tell you it’s raining.



It’s not that I laugh at the misery of Haiti—I just refuse to cry like everyone else.

It blurs the vision:

The deadly earthquake that leveled Haiti’s capital more than two years ago brought a thread of hope: a promise of renewal. With the United States taking the lead, international donors pledged billions of dollars to help the country “build back better,” breaking its cycle of dependency.

But after the rubble was cleared and the dead buried, what the quake laid bare was the depth of Haiti’s dysfunction. Today, the fruits of an ambitious, $1.8 billion U.S. reconstruction promise are hard to find. Immediate, basic needs for bottled water, temporary shelter and medicine were the obvious priorities. But projects fundamental to Haiti’s transformation out of poverty, such as permanent housing and electric plants in the heavily hit capital of Port-au-Prince have not taken off.

Critics say the U.S. effort to reconstruct Haiti was flawed from the start. While “build back better” was a comforting notion, there wasn’t much of a foundation to build upon. Haiti’s chronic political instability and lack of coordinated leadership between Haiti and the U.S. meant crucial decisions about construction projects were slow to be approved. Red tape stalled those that were.

The international community’s $10 billion effort was also hindered by its pledge to get approval for projects from the Haitian government. For more than a year then-President Rene Preval was, as he later described it, “paralyzed,” while his government was mostly obliterated, with 16,000 civil servants killed and most ministries in ruins. It wasn’t until earlier this year that a fully operational government was in place to sign paperwork, adopt codes and write regulations. Other delays included challenges to contracts, underestimates of what needed to be done, and land disputes.

What was Haiti even doing with 16,000 civil servants to be killed? What vital functions were they carrying out?

Oh, but there I go thinking practically again. If Russia could be described as Haiti with nukes, so Haiti could be described as Russia without them. As they used to say in the Soviet Union, we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.

I just wonder why Sean Penn didn’t tell us this was going on—or Bill Clinton, who was named “special envoy” for the United Nations. John Edwards went down there, too, but it was just for a photo-op on the beach, and he’s had a lot else on his plate.

Okay, Sarah Palin went too—but at least she left the beach:

But two billion from us, ten billion overall—no amount would be enough to overcome societal sloth and institutional red tape. We might as well have flushed it down the crapper, along with the cholera the UN imported into that poor, poor country.

I say poor really in its most literal sense. I have a hard time feeling sorry for them anymore. Like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse, one eventually learns that certain behaviors are unhealthy, or one dies from them.

Oh, and if you think I’m just a jingoist, America-firster, this pretty much was my attitude after Katrina, and I wrote so here a lot. The blame-Bush mentality sickened me, when there was plenty of blame to go around, down to the people themselves. Anyhow, blame was beside the point.

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Won’t You Please Help, You [Bleeping] #*@%s?

Join Sean Penn, you [bleep]-wads, and help the Haitians rid themselves of the scourge of UN-imported cholera:

You better get this shot, [bleep]hole, cause I’m only doing one [bleeping] take!

It was the most lavish party in Cannes, with tickets going for a whopping $7,500 a pop.

But Sean Penn didn’t let the prestigious tone of the Haiti: Carnival In Cannes gala stop him from turning the air blue with some carefully chosen words during a speech on behalf of his Haitian Relief Organisation.

The actor stunned guests including Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Diane Kruger and Jessica Chastain with his expletive-ridden speech, which he confessed was made ‘under the influence of vodka.’

Penn, 51, made a rambling delivery, jokingly questioning why some of the A-list guests were at the charity gala’when you have people to f***’ at other parties.

He then praised fellow Haiti fund raiser Paul Haggis, ‘even though he was a Canadian whose parents included a man, a woman and a tree.’
He added: ‘F*** ’em if people say you’re just writing a cheque, but you’re making a change’.

He continued that Haiti should be helped because it was just an hour away from ‘the richest f***ing country in the world’.

Penn may have had a tipple or two, or three, but he was impassioned about supporting the people of Haiti although he said people had to ‘fight the f*** out of politics’ to get things done.

The rant continued when he demanded that guests bid for auction items.

‘I want you to stay here and listen to the auction and beat the s*** out of each other to purchase them.’

The actor, who wore glasses as he made his speech, continued his blue streak.

He instructed women: ‘Tell the man next to you, “I’m not going to f*** you tonight unless you pay the f*** up.’

Ah, Hollywood! Obama’s people.

Really, what else is there the [bleep] to say? I would observe that this is what most actors sound like without a script in front of them, but this is pretty much what Penn sounds like with a script in front of him!

Can I get some [bleeping] Purelle over here?! God knows what [bleeping] microbes this [bleep]wad is packing!

I suppose if Penn raises even one dollar behaving this way, he has done some good. But from the looks of him, his vodka budget alone could have built another Mayo Clinic in Port-au-Prince.

PS: Just wondering, is there a moral to the story that the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is “just an hour away from ‘the richest f***ing country in the world'”?

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What Would We Do Without the UN?

I told Aggie this was how I intended to title all of my UN posts, and I took her hysterical cackle for agreement.

Give Bill Clinton credit for saying so: when you step in the [bleep], sometimes you have to wear it:

Former President Bill Clinton, the United Nations special envoy for Haiti, has acknowledged the role U.N. peacekeepers played in a deadly cholera outbreak that has killed thousands in Haiti, according to ABC News. The U.N. has repeatedly denied its role in the outbreak despite the ever-mounting scientific evidence that its troops were the culprits.

“I don’t know that the person who introduced cholera in Haiti, the U.N. peacekeeper, or [U.N.] soldier from South Asia, was aware that he was carrying the virus,” Clinton said, adding that “it was the proximate cause of cholera. That is, he was carrying the cholera strain. It came from his waste stream into the waterways of Haiti, into the bodies of Haitians.”

Clinton also said that Haiti’s dismal sanitation conditions were the real culprit, not the U.N., “Unless we know that he knew or that they knew, the people that sent him, that he was carrying that virus and therefore that he could cause the amount of death and misery and sickness, I think it’s better to focus on fixing it,” he said.

Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School told ABC News they felt confident that the cholera strain came from Nepal and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who served as U.N. peacekeepers in January 2010. Allegedly, the peacekeepers failed to keep sanitary conditions on their base.

Allegedly? [Bleep] allegedly!

The UN’s own study was clear: “The source of the Haiti cholera outbreak was due to contamination of the Meye Tributary of the Artibonite River with a pathogenic strain of current South Asian type Vibrio cholerae as a result of human activity.” In other words, somebody dumped human fecal matter containing a deadly cholera bacteria from South Asia into one of the country’s main sources of water for drinking and irrigation. Who might that be?

When Associated Press journalists visited Wednesday, they found open and cracked pipes behind the base, with U.N. military investigators taking samples. There was an overpowering smell of human waste, and a pipe leading toward a septic tank was leaking foul-smelling black fluid toward the river.

The waste is dumped across the street in open pits that residents, who live a few yards away, said often overflow into the Artibonite tributary running below.

A UN official told the BBC that “everyone knew the sanitary situation in the Nepali base was deplorable”.

And this ain’t your grandma’s cholera:

According to John Mekalanos, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School, cholera strains from South Asia are far more virulent, and more capable of causing lethal epidemics. “These strains are nasty. So far there has been no secondary outbreak. But Haiti now represents a foothold for a particularly dangerous variety of this deadly disease,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been over 470,000 reported cases of cholera and over 6,631 deaths during the Haitian epidemic, making it the worst cholera outbreak in recent history.

I would be more receptive to Clinton’s message of forgiveness if the UN took responsibility. Without that, who’s to say Nepalese peace-keepers won’t be crapping in other water tables the world over?

Oh yeah, as we also reported over two months ago, substitute Haitians for Nepalese:

More than 500,000 Haitians have been infected, and Mekalanos said a handful of victims who contracted cholera in Haiti have now turned up in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and in BOSTON, Miami and New York, but only in isolated cases.

Oh, okay, only isolated cases. I want to drink a bottle of hand sanitizer just writing this.


You Can Take the UN Out of Africa…

But you can’t take the child sex abuse out of the UN:

The U.N. is investigating two new allegations of U.N. police abuse and “sexual exploitation” of children in Haiti, spokesman Martin Nesirky said Monday.

One case involves U.N. police officers in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, Nesirky said. They have been removed from duty while under investigation, he added. The second case involves one or more members of a police unit in the northern city of Gonaives.

Nesirky did not release the nationalities of the police or provide any other details.

“The United Nations is outraged by these allegations and takes its responsibilities to deal with them extremely seriously,” Nesirky said.

He said the organization’s mission in Haiti alerted U.N. headquarters in New York last week about the allegations.

The new charges of abuse come just months after six Uruguayan troops with the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Caribbean country were accused of raping a young Haitian man. That case has been referred to the Uruguayan judicial system.

Rape me once, shame on you. Rape me repeatedly… shame on you.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight after the United Nations found in early 2005 that peacekeepers in Congo had sex with Congolese women and girls, usually in exchange for food or small sums of money.

“Thrust”? Seriously?

Why isn’t the UN forced to register as a level three sex offender? As if giving Haitians cholera wasn’t bad enough….


Thanks the [Bleep] a Lot!

We told you months ago about the UN’s successful introduction of the cholera bug into Haiti (they suck at peace, but they’re ragin’ with contagion).

What I didn’t know was this:

Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera — a super bug — into the Western Hemisphere for the first time.

The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 — two years ago today. Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers, who allegedly failed to maintain sanitary conditions at their base.

“What scares me is that the strain from South Asia has been recognized as more virulent, more capable of causing severe disease, and more transmissible,” said John Mekalanos, who chairs the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. “These strains are nasty. So far there has been no secondary outbreak. But Haiti now represents a foothold for a particularly dangerous variety of this deadly disease.”

More than 500,000 Haitians have been infected, and Mekalanos said a handful of victims who contracted cholera in Haiti have now turned up in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and in BOSTON, Miami and New York, but only in isolated cases.

Wash your hands, Aggie. A lot. The UN has been after Israel for years. Now, it’s our turn.

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